THROWING DARTS…AND HOPING ONE STICKS

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Oh dear. Where do I begin? Is any one in possession of a time machine? If only we had selfies and screenshots way back when, it would be easier to explain.

The question every kid was asked by all and sundry was, ” What do you want to be when you grow up? The answers would vary from the coolest thing you had just seen someone on telly or in your family do a few days ago or in the past few minutes.

There are some who have stuck true to their declarations, but for most of us, we switched alliances faster than the current political trend.

I have danced the tango with various career options only to fall on the wayside, spent and without a clue what hit me.

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Once upon a time, I was so sure I would be a zoologist after I saw a documentary on how intelligent and playful dolphins are. Secondly, came my desire to be a botanist as I saw the beauty and wonder of flora captured perfectly through a time-lapse camera.

Fast forward to high school and the Interior design bug bit me and I remember telling others about it and I had to explain why I wasn’t pursuing law like my late father or teaching like my beloved Mum. Well, that was then, and I was so sure of myself, or so I thought.

Life after high school was a different ball game altogether, with the cool and necessary Computer course being the first thing on my list. Once I was done and I had my certificate in hand, hata sijui niseme. I had no idea what to do next. I remember staying home just doing the household chores and not knowing what my future held in store.

Well, I won’t get into all the details but, the long and short of it is that I was guided into my life purpose albeit with some battlescars here and there. The main turning point in my life was when I found my voice, quite literally.

I was a very quiet child. I swear. I truly was. Ask my immediate family and childhood neighbours. My daily word count are not nearly an eighth of what I clock in by midday on a good day.

Then someone tried to frame young naive me, in a scam and when I got questioned for hours and having to travel from Nairobi to Nyeri, at night which was like the craziest thing  I could do (yes…crazy, coz way back when, as a young girl you were warned/ instructed to travel during the day. Nightime had its owners plus mobile phones were still a rumour.)

 That was the day I found my voice and there was no turning back.

To be continued

 

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THOUGHTS GALORE

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A thousand thoughts;
Race through my mind.
All form a simple reality.
A thousand shrads of pain,
All with one target;
My heart.
Miracles stay what they are,
Rare and far in between.
Illusions taunt me,
With glimpses of paradise.
Reality has me chained
To the realms of broken spirits.
From a distant source of comfort;
Symphony resonates
An eternity of resounding clarity and freedom!

Mutegi Faith, 2009

 
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ITS TRUE…I THINK ABOUT MORE THAN I FORGET.

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Lil Wayne captures my sentiments to a T when he rap-(idly sings)…“I think about more than I forget…’’ It is hoped that these very thoughts will be a guiding light at the end of the tunnel that won’t turn out to be a bullet train charging toward me. A myriad of thoughts pervade my mind so deeply that others have to cut corners in the race to my subconscious. Though once they make their presence felt they instantly get their free ride ticket back to the dark abyss they emerged from.

The winding road upon which my shadow falls offers no map. Each day is a knotty conundrum that eclipses the dilemma as to how the pyramids were built. Glimpses of hope pierce through the blanket of darkness that seems to enclose my very being. Life’s compass points me East but I go West like Kanye. Trying to make sense of every facet life has to offer is more painstaking than the infinite search for a needle in a hay stack which may not even be there in the first place. Which lady in her right mind would sew or repair anything while sitting on a haystack…the calamity of searching for a needle in that pile isn’t comforting on any level.

Trying to understand the intricate details of our very existence is as baffling as trying to make sense of the duck-rabbit optical illusion.

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At one point you are sure you are looking at a duck, and then voila you suddenly realize that a rabbit is the object of your attention. But wait a minute…I can bet your kidneys that you are looking at a duck. It never ends…does it?! However if you have the cynical mind of a hunter…you will be like…WTH…either one will look good or taste delicious once served on the dinner table.

With the daily events that mark our every day existence, one of my main mottos is that “wonders never cease”! Take for example you spot a fine brother who would make for a “tall drink of whatever your choice of poison is”. You would expect him to easily make the cut for Step up3 dancers’ Kenyan edition…if ever… but the best he can do is ask if you’ve got “tichue” to wipe his “chues!!” Fast forward to a different scene where a geeky, bespectacled jamaa who you would not look at twice goes on and unleashes some eye-popping breaking and locking moves that words can’t describe.

While still on dance, I am sure a couple of us mere mortals try to imitate and duplicate the sensational moves that we have just witnessed on the big screen. It may be in front of the imaginary flat screen TV or the mirror. Either way with the firm belief that you can, you begin to shake what your mama gave you while dropping it low as you whip your hair…back and forth. While at it you decide why not jerk and do the shuffle…you know…unleash your own personal moves.

Knowing the true definition of pain doesn’t begin to encapsulate what will be coursing through your body. Worse still, in this day and age you have to be careful that whatever you do in your personal time does not become public fodder because someone else let their fingers do the walking…click…flash…upload photo/video. O.M.G or G.F.F won’t do you any good at such a time.

I bet by now you are baffled at what I am getting at.

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Well I gave you an advance warning….that my thoughts are anything but organized. No one knows the way life goes. When you close your eyes you may not see your names in flashing lights like Bruno Mars but I believe everyone can tie up the loose ends in their lives and come out  with a certificate of greatness.

It all starts with…a leap of faith.

FUN FACT:

This was written way back in February, 2011.

I need to inhale whatever it was I was high on at the time. 😉

ROLL THE DICE: BREAK THE ICE

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I recently came across some interesting conversation starters and thought I’d have a go at them.

1. If you could have a superpower, what would it be? 

I would hope to have the power to help children realize their potential earlier on in their lives thus creating a much better society. It will also lessen their stress and rebellious nature as they will be focused and the older generation will not leave them out or shun them; instead they would be inclusivity in all spheres of society.

2. What is your most favourite movie?

Well, I can’t choose  just one coz I love watching movies plus there is one that suits me with every mood or place or persons around me.  I can watch the following over and over again without getting bored.

  • Avatar
  • Avatar: Legend Of Korra
  • Brave
  • Bruce Almighty
  • Chip And Dale Rescue Rangers
  • Darkwing Duck
  • Despicable Me
  • Forrest Gump
  • Frozen
  • Gargoyles
  • Ice Age
  • Inside Out
  • Inspector Gadget
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Lion King (1, 2, And 3)
  • Madagascar
  • Matilda
  • Mulan
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • Pacific Rim
  • Penguins Of Madagascar
  • Pirates Of The Caribbean
  • Pocahontas
  • Pretty Woman
  • Ps. I Love You
  • Ratatouille
  • Rio
  • Samurai Jack
  • Sea Biscuit
  • Shrek
  • Sing
  • Sister Act
  • Sleepless On Seattle
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Sound Of Music
  • Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron
  • Star Wars
  • Tangled
  • The Help
  • The Incredibles
  • The Lord Of The Rings
  • The Man From U.N.C.L.E
  • The Matrix
  • The Princess And The Frog
  • The Shaw shank Redemption
  • The Smurfs
  • Transylvania
  • Turbo
  • Up
  • V For Vendetta
  • Wall-E
  • War Room
  • While You Were Sleeping
  • Zootopia
  • To be updated continually. 😉

3. If you could paint your room, what colour would it be?

I would have to go with shades of purple and grey and a dash of orange or yellow. That might be a weird combination but I bet it will work if i have them in small doses. I am sure this will change in due time as I do love sprucing up a room every now and again.

4. If you could have one dream come true, what would it be?

For now, Successful and drama free purchase of 3 to 5 acres of Land (haven’t decided where yet);

Successful construction of a 4 bedroom maisonette with space for my children and guests to relax, have a picnic, outdoor camping and fun play area in the sun and in the shade as well as ample space to raise chicken, rabbits and possibly a few goats as well as grow basic day to day vegetables and fruit trees (mangoes lazima).

5. Where would you fly if you had wings?

I would fly to Japan to see the cherry blossoms bloom as well as immerse myself in culture, that I have admired for the longest time.

I would then fly to each continent and get to experience their culture as best as I can.

6. What is your favourite family tradition?

Every time we meet as a family is always fantastic as our different personalities merge and bring out the best of times.

Meeting up during Christmas and having a lovely time over food and drinks. I especially love the fact that we have evolved into our “own” persons and that brings variety to our conversations.

7. If you could only eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Definitely has to be chicken. I would prepare it in so many ways and still get the thrill out of it.

8. What is your favourite sport?

Athletics and football, in equal measure. I guess I love watching sports than really participating in it, which needs to change. But I do love running and cycling too

9. If you had one wish (and you can’t wish for more wishes) what would you wish for and why?

That my dad was still alive to see his children growing up and becoming the strong men and women we have become; as well as keep Mum lifelong company coz she deserves it.

10. If you could pick your own name, what would it be?

I would go with Imani,( it has a nice ring to it)  followed closely by Makena, Kendi or Gakii. All in all I do love my name as it is; especially my traditional Chuka name.

11.What is you least favourite chore?

Washing clothes definitely takes the top spot. I would rather wash utensils over and over again than wash clothes. Why, oh why did Adam and Eve eat that apple? Why?

 

Well, that’s it for today. It was fun answering these questions and I will be on the look out for more. It adds a fantastic point of view aside from the kawaida questions.

Give it a try…its worth your while. 

SPICE UP YOUR CONVERSATIONS

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Times have changed. We all know that. We have felt it and witnessed it happening and this isn’t the end…nope. There is more to come. (Quite shocking isn’t it?) 😉

Sometime back I realized that every time I met a child or children I would ask them the very same questions and it felt like I was reading from the same script each and every time. It goes something like this:-

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Hi. How are you?

What’s your name?

Oooh! Such a sweet/unique/cute/pretty name

Which class are you in?

That’s a lovely dress you are wearing. (For girls)

Mmmh. What’s up these days? ( For boys)…my brain gets kind of fuzzy when I try to connect with boys kwanza teenies coz you have no idea where to start without looking outdated or bila swag.

Then once the niceties are over and done with, that’s it. The child walks away hopefully with a smile and not a smirk on their face and I am left wondering. Wondering if I could have asked a different question to know more about who the child is aside from what they’ve worn or how fancy their name sounds.

I then challenged myself to be more creative with my one-on-one conversations.

So I sat down and thought and thought and thought. Notice I haven’t mentioned any writing. 😉 That’s when I decided to unashamedly make Google my best friend. You should try it out sometime. It’s quite the invention/creation! Trust me.

It seems I am not alone in the quest to spice up conversations, which is quite comforting coz it would be a lonely existence if I was to deal with this “gap” as a one “man” army. Here are a few of the questions I found interesting and some of which I have used and others that are lying in wait for the perfect victim situation.

  1. What is your favorite thing to do?
  2. If you could design a t-shirt, what would you draw or write on it?
  3. Do you have any jokes to tell me?
  4. What is the funniest thing you saw today/this week?
  5. If you could change anything about school what would it be?
  6. Who is your favorite TV/book/story character and what do you like about him/her?
  7. If you could wake up tomorrow with a superpower, what superpower would you want to have?
  8. If you could have any 3 wishes granted, what would they be?
  9. If all your clothes could only be one color, what color would you choose?
  10. If you could change the lunch menu at (school/home) what would you change?
  11. What is your biggest worry?
  12. Where is your favorite place to be?
  13. What is something you never thought you could tell me but maybe want to tell me now?
  14. Is there anything you have always wanted to ask me but didn’t? Do you want to ask me now?
  15. What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to you?
  16. Do you have a lucky number? Why is it lucky to you?
  17. If you had your own country, what would it be called?
  18. What rule is the hardest to follow at home/school/church?
  19. If you were a cartoon character who would you be?
  20. What makes you happy/sad?

Well, these are some of what would be relevant to me within the social circles I find myself in. what about you? Do they make you think what your own answer would be? Well I hope so. It’s a moment of bliss imagining how I would answer these questions if anyone asked me. So go out there armed to the teeth with a new conversation starter aside from the usual:-

Auntie umeniletea nini leo?

Or

Have you been a good boy/girl?

Have fun getting to know the little ones around you now as time waits for no one.

YOU’VE WON MY HEART

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I can’t do this alone

I know how this ends

If I face life as a one man army

When I don’t know what I am doing,

When I don’t know where I am going,

When I feel I am used up,

Hold back the rain

Hold back the wind

Hold back the enemy

Save me again.

My heart had become a burial ground

But you’ve revived my very being

Triumphantly I shout

You’ve won my heart,

Unshackled my chains

When I get sick and tired of being sick and tired,

Hold back the rain

Hold back the wind

Hold back the enemy

Save me again.

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FAITH’S “FACT FILLED” FACTS #1

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  1. Clothes look better on a mannequin. ☺
  2. Define your world before the world defines you.
  3. Discipline, Discipline, Discipline. You may be talented, but without discipline, you will miss out on your purpose. Discipline drives your purpose.
  4. English is a language spoken by millions but still remains quite mysterious. How else do you explain one word with the same letter being pronounced in a myriad of ways? Well, I guess if humans have multiple personalities, why can’t words?
  5. Estate caretakers, house helps and security guards should all write a book, individually or collectively. What don’t they know?
  6. FACT: If you remember something important that you need to carry with you the next day, just when you are crawling into bed at night; just drag yourself out of them blankets and place it within your view. Otherwise it will be compartmentalized in the DONE AND DONE recesses of your mind. 😉
  7. Not all Meru’s chew or have chewed Miraa. Kindly don’t ask me how it tastes. I really don’t know and don’t have the urge to find out. Muchos gracias.
  8. Some colognes and perfumes were specifically made to test how strong and effective my gag reflex is.
  9. The wrong people don’t leave your life voluntarily. No they don’t.
  10. There is beauty in uniformity and splendour in diversity.
  11. To get somewhere, seek the help of those who have been there and done that.
  12. To stay relevant, you have to work as if you have just started the journey.
  13. Want to get better at your craft? Practice each and every day whether you feel like or not.
  14. Whatever you recognize, you become thankful for and whatever you are grateful for multiplies.
  15. You are blessed to be a blessing.

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